School: Continuing Education / Summer School Is in for the Yearn to Learn

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School: Continuing Education / Summer School Is in for the Yearn to Learn


Figg, Erinn, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


"School's out for summer!"

It's a victory cry that joyful students have trumpeted throughout the ages. But just as those students are putting away their textbooks for the summer, adults are cracking open theirs. For many, summer is an excellent time to broaden mental horizons, and fortunately the Mid-South has plenty of opportunities to do so.

"When you think of continuing education, you're thinking of lifelong learners people who just want to continue to develop and learn," said John Churchill, executive director of workforce development at Southwest Tennessee Community College (southwest.tn.edu/ce; 901-333-4207). "We have all kinds of continuing education students, from people who have retired to people who want to upgrade their professional skills."

Once they enter the workforce, many adults discover that staying sharp and staying skilled is more important than ever before even required, depending on the industry.

"Continuing education is extremely important, as it keeps us abreast of changing trends in the insurance and financial services marketplace," said Chirag Chauhan, partner and director of financial services for The Barnett Group. "We owe it to our clients and prospects to have the most up-to-date knowledge so we can deliver the highest level of advice."

Chauhan said he's regularly required to accumulate several continuing education hours for his Certified Financial Planner designation, as well as for his state insurance and securities licensing.

University of Memphis is one of several learning facilities in the region that can accommodate professionals who need to earn Continuing Education Units for relicensing and certification. The University of Memphis Office of Professional and Continuing Education (memphis. …

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